Protecting heritage part of "security response" to conflict

Irina Bokova (in centre), Director-General of UNESCO UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Protecting cultural heritage is an integral part of the "security and humanitarian response" to conflict situations; that's according to Irina Bokova Director General of the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO.

Archaeological sites such as Palmyra in Syria and ancient and religious monuments in Timbuktu in Mali have been targeted and destroyed by terrorists.

UNESCO has been working to prevent the destruction of cultural heritage from taking place.

Isabell Dupuis asked Irina Bokova why UNESCO has pushed for culture to be part of peacekeeping missions.

Duration: 4'09"

 

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